Leadership

MBC Management Team

Tad Deriso - President & CEO Tad Deriso - President & CEO
Tad Deriso - President & CEO

Tad focuses on larger business and economic development projects and partnerships, maintaining positive relationships with MBC stakeholders and providers of capital, and expanding MBC’s relationships with regional, national, and international organizations. He has been involved with the rural telecommunications industry for over 20 years, working with rural telecommunications providers and cooperatives. He brings a deep understanding of the issues and resource needs surrounding broadband, wholesale optical transport services, and rural economic development issues.

Mark Varah - Chief Financial Officer Mark Varah - Chief Financial Officer
Mark Varah - Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined MBC after 20+ years of leadership in financial and operating roles in Fortune 100, start-up, and not for profit enterprises. His industry sector experience includes technology, defense, automotive, social services, and venture capital. Most recently, Mark served as CFO and Director for a venture funded software company. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Petty - VP of Network Operations Mark Petty - VP of Network Operations
Mark Petty - VP of Network Operations

Mark Petty began his career at CenturyLink as an OSP Engineer in Charlottesville, Virginia after graduating from Virginia Tech with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to MBC, he served as Director of OSP Plant Engineering for Lumos, where he led the engineering effort for an 800-mile expansion in Central and Eastern Virginia. Mark has had the opportunity throughout his career to support the design, engineering, deployment, and management of broadband networks for residential, small and large businesses, wireless providers, and government agencies in an eight-state region, including Virginia.
Mark grew up in the rural Southwest Virginia town of Galax where furniture and textiles were the main industries and, thus, understands the importance of broadband connectivity and job creation for communities like these.

Dave Keller - VP of Sales and Business Development Dave Keller - VP of Sales and Business Development
Dave Keller - VP of Sales and Business Development

Dave is a 27 year telecom industry veteran and started his career with the Sprint local division.  While at Sprint, Dave held roles of increasing responsibility in Operations, Network Planning, Sales, and Product Management.  Dave joined American Electric Power and led the effort to build a 2500 route mile fiber network in 3 years.  Dave joined NTELOS in Waynesboro, VA as the Vice President of Sales and became responsible for Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service for the Wholesale and Retail Competitive service provider covering seven states.  Recently, Dave worked for CenturyLink and ValleyNet in general management roles.

2017-2018 MBC Board of Directors

Ernest R. (Randy) Lail

Chairman, MBC Board
Business Consultant & Director,
Benchmark Bankshares, Inc. &
Benchmark Community Bank

David Hudgins

Director of Member &
External Relations,
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Earving L. Blythe

Vice President Emeritus for Information
Technology & CIO,
Virginia Tech (Retired)

Duane Dahlquist, PE

Chairman Emeritus, MBC Board
General Manager,
Blue Ridge Power Agency (Retired)

Ben Davenport, Jr.

Chairman,
First Piedmont Corporation

Bryan David

County Administrator,
Orange County

Mark D. Heath

President/CEO,
Martinsville-Henry County
Economic Development Corporation

Edward “Ted” Hodges

Vice Chairman, MBC Board
Partner,
Clement & Wheatley, PC

Charley Majors

Executive Chairman,
American National Bank

Gary Walker

Owner & Operator,
Cornerstone Insurance Agency

Richard Shumaker

Regional Manager –
Mid-Atlantic Public Sector,
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Bob Picchi

President,
Blue Ridge Advisory Services Group